The Moving Art for ARK fundraiser was held recently, raising much needed money for those in need in the local community.
The event, now in its second year, is an amalgamation of two groups. Moving Art, formed a few years ago by a group of artists keen to give back to the community, and Acts of Random of Kindness, or Cayman’s ARK, a grassroots foundation that works with people in need within the community, be it financially, with donated goods, advice or support.
Held in a private house at Crystal Harbour, the event featured some 20 pieces of artwork by Avril Ward, Renate Seffer and Sue Howe. Each artist created the works of art especially for the event and part of the proceeds from the sale of each work went directly to ARK.
Guests were able to peruse the artwork on show while enjoying music by Kool School and the 17 piece band, The Cayman Swing Kings. There were also cocktails on offer from Hendricks, as well as food prepared by Chef Aaron Molloy of Karma Restaurant and Lounge. Auctioneer for the night was local personality James Baberfield.
Sharon Galloway of Cayman’s ARK said estimates show that approximately $18,000 to $20,000 was raised on the night.
“It was a fantastic evening and well supported by many people,” Mrs. Galloway said. “The weather was beautiful and the house looked stunning with all the artwork. Being able to sit outside and listen to some amazing music from Kool School and The Cayman Swing Kings made for a magical evening.
“We have a couple of houses in dire need of some construction work, a little boy with a brain tumour and another child needing special tutoring so the money will go a long way to helping them as well as helping us provide food and utilities to those who need it.”
Cayman’s ARK was established in 2006 and aims to promote awareness in the general community regarding various life issues such as poverty, abuse, disease, illness and redundancy. One of its key focuses is to currently work to eradicate hunger in Cayman. Members of the charity assess and follow up with every individual and family they help, ensuring that donors know exactly how their contributions are spent.